ARE SHROOMS LEGAL IN ONTARIO?
The Act of buying, selling, growing, and consuming magic shrooms is illegal in Canada. Those caught in possession of magic mushrooms can face up to 6 months in jail or a $1000 fine, and in some cases, both penalties can be applied.
However, did you know that as of 2020, more than 50 patients and doctors were legally permitted to consume psilocybin? This was made possible through special government programs that exempted the parties from being prosecuted by law enforcement. Psychedelics such as psilocybin are classified as controlled substances prohibited by law under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Although they fall under the ‘Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), there are some cases where exceptions can be made under provision section 56. This can take a lot of paperwork and can easily be denied, making it hard for those who legally want to consume shrooms.
There is hope for change in the future, though. Now that cannabis has been legalized and widely accepted for medicinal use, many anticipate magic mushrooms will follow in its footsteps.
There are also reports of clinical trials, which research how psilocybin can affect and potentially treat depression and anxiety. So if it’s suitable for medical use, there’s a high possibility that some psychedelics will be legal in specific settings in Canada.
Luckily, the sale of psilocybin mushrooms is widely overlooked as police focus their efforts on more harmful drug-related activities and drug organizations. However, it is still clearly stated as an illegal substance.